Kitchen Fun - Watermelon Curry
Mondays I fast so I usually eat a lot of fruit, an avocado or may be milk with cereal some days. My usual way of consuming fruit is one of the three options below:
1) Cut them into bitable size; sprinkle a bit of chaat masala, salt, red chili powder; stir an eat.
2) Pour custard powder in milk, boil. Cool and then mix with cut fruit
3) Cut them into bitable size; sprinkle a bit of chaat masala, salt, pepper; and blend in with home made yogurt.
It was getting rather boring for me now that I have been doing this Monday fasts since past three or four months. And I needed new things for my palate. After doing a bit of research on our friendly google, I came across a few recipes. As usual I made a few changes to the recipe to suit my taste and my needs.
And here is the unique Watermelon Curry with a splash of spice, a zing of salt, and a dash of flavor.
Watermelon - one Cup diced into bitable size pieces.
Watermelon Juice - One & a Half Cup blended in a blender. (No water needed).
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 Teaspoon
Urad Daal / Black Gram Lentil - 1/4 Teaspoon
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 Teaspoon
Garlic - two Cloves chopped fine
Salt, Garam Masala, Coriander Powder, Cumin Powder & Red Chili Powder - per taste
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Hing / Asafetida - a pinch
Cilantro - chopped finely for garnishing
Oil for sautéing.
1) In a medium sized sauce pan, heat Oil. Add Mustard Seeds, Urad Daal and Cumin Seeds.
2) Stir a little. Add chopped Garlic, Turmeric Powder, and Hing.
3) Once all the seasonings start to sputter, pour in the blended Watermelon Juice.
4) Stir well and let it simmer on medium flame for two to three minutes.
5) Add the remaining powders. Stir well.
6) Add the cut Watermelon pieces. Fold them into the gravy.
7) Simmer for 5 minutes on low flame.
8) Stir once, and remove from flame.
9) Serve with Rice, Roti or Dosa. Or you can eat as is.
Hope you enjoy the recipe and the dish as much as I did making it. Follow the tips for a better outcome.
1) Do not add water to the watermelon pieces that you blend in the blender. Watermelon has enough water needed for the curry.
2) Avoid mixing the Watermelon pieces a lot. Just fold them in and stir may be once. Else you will break the pieces and lose the texture.